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Decorating the dead

Memorial Day is a special day, a day to reminisce, a time to mourn, and an occasion to praise the men and women that fought and died for our hard-earned freedoms. Originally dubbed Decoration Day to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War, the term 'Memorial Day' as we now know it was first used in 1882. Even more common after WWII, the expression became official by Federal law in 1967.

May 24, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


The accidental photographer

Newton County native Cpl. Bryce Burton might be an accidental photographer.

May 24, 2014 | By Samantha Reardon news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Four students get full ride to college

Making it through college debt-free is a common goal for students and parents, and four area high school graduates are on their way to keeping a comfortable wallet for the next four years.

May 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Porterdale may get disc golf course

Flying discs in the forest may soon be coming to Porterdale, an effort the mayor and council members hope will indirectly bring revenue and modernization to the small downtown while retaining and highlighting the history.

May 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County plans to professionally staff volunteer fire stations

Newton County's growing population is leading to more fire and medical emergency calls, and Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien wants to more effectively use the county's multiple remaining volunteer fire stations in the public safety fight.

May 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


OPINION: Ditch the new EPA water rules

In 1972 the Clean Water Act (CWA) was passed with a goal of improving water quality across the nation. To achieve this goal the CWA established a system of cooperative federalism that preserves primary state authority over land and water uses, but prohibits certain "discharges" into "navigable waters" from a "point source" unless authorized by federal permit. The law states that "navigable waters" are "waters of the U.S." Two sections of the law have particular impacts on agriculture. Section 404 allows the Corps to issue permits for discharges of "dredge and fill" material into navigable waters. This section deals ...

May 24, 2014 | By Crystal Powell-Hyatt Newton County Farm Bureau | LOCAL


Dollar General, McDonald’s coming to east side

A Dollar General and McDonald's are planning to come to Newton County's east side, and officials and residents hope the stores are a precursor to future development.

May 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gray ribbons for Team Traci

When Traci Mask dropped a weight at the gym because her hand went numb, she thought back to all the scattered symptoms she had been experiencing. Headaches, numbness in her right arm, hand and side of her face, trouble walking, tiredness, memory problems and even passing out while driving one day seemed unrelated and spread out to her before, but now she decided to see a doctor.

May 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Readers vote on Covington's best burger

#1 - Hester's Restaurant and Pool Room

May 22, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


To answer or not to answer

I rarely, if ever, answer my home phone. That is not to say it doesn't ring. It rings a lot. However, I no longer have that Pavolvian response to respond immediately to its siren call. A response those of us of a certain age remember. And a response that many far younger than I am feel when their cell phones ring or beep indicating that a text message has arrive.

May 22, 2014 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Man flees police with gun near school

A man running from a police chase didn't make it far before tossing a gun near Middle Ridge Elementary School on Friday, May 16.

May 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former area teacher of year arrested

Georgia's 2014 Biotechnology Teacher of the Year, according to Georgia Bio, was arrested for cruelty to children May 12.

May 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Woman alleges false imprisonment, assault by ex-boyfriend

A 27-year-old woman was found running naked down Taylor Road around 6 a.m. Sunday. When authorities arrived, she told them she had escaped from her ex-boyfriend who had held her hostage and assaulted her.

September 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 19

A teen anime group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the library story room to share and discuss art. The grouping of canvases pictured here were created by teen anime member Andy Dominguez-Cuevas.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 19, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Meet Go-Go Girl

Anne Wheeler has a new best friend that's taking her around Covington whenever she wants to go.

It's an adult tricycle that's blue in color and has a basket on the back that Wheeler has named Go-Go Girl.

September 19, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Chamber surveys members on by the drink alcohol sales

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is surveying its members on whether alcohol by the drink sales should be allowed in unincorporated Newton County.

September 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


How to be an extra

Bill Marinella's been involved in Covington's filming for nearly 20 years, dating back to his days as an actor in "In the Heat of the Night," the 1980s television series that put Newton County and its courthouse on the map.

September 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Early voting for General Elections begins Monday

Early voting for the Nov. 2 General Election begins at 8 a.m. Monday at the Newton County Administration Building, 1113 Usher St. in Covington.

September 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Proposed commercial parking restrictions could cause hardship

Covington resident Martha McGiboney believes the city's proposed restrictions on parking commercial vehicles in residential areas will hinder her son's ability to make a living.

September 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn Opry to return in October

After a year's hiatus, they're getting ready to make music again at the Newborn Opry.

September 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Juvenile shot in leg

Deputies were called to a shooting Tuesday evening, but instead of arresting the shooter, charges are pending against the juvenile who was shot.

September 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Artful Harvest winners announced

Best In Show: Terrel Godfrey, "Wheat Dreams"

September 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Anime night

September 19, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 18

Bryana Newby and Akem Hunt were crowned Homecoming Queen and King during Newton High School's football game against Northview Friday night.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 18, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 17

Colonel Cob's Corn Maze, located at 797 Macedonia Church Road in Oxford, opens today, debuting its eighth corn maze. Other activities for families to enjoy include a giant mountain slide, petting zoo, hay rides, helicopter rides over the farm and a pumpkin patch. For more information on Colonel Cob's Corn maze, visit http://colcobscornmaze.com/

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Newton County flushing water lines

Del Sumner and his fellow water inspectors are again opening fire hydrants and flushing out water lines, at times releasing tens of thousands of gallons into yards and streets.

September 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pridgett guilty on all counts

It took a Newton County jury just two-and-a-half hours to convict 20-year-old Jamaal Marquez Pridgett for the Oct. 7, 2008, murder of one man, and the aggravated assault of three others, Thursday afternoon.

The case, which began Tuesday morning in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton, centered around a dice game that turned deadly in a home on West Street. Pridgett claimed self-defense, saying he did shoot Glover, 18-year-old Martec "Pumpkin" Barkley, 30-year-old Tavorris "T-Rock" Shy and 23-year-old Sedarius "Ronte" Stephens, but he did so out of fear for his own life. The prosecution argued that the shooting ...

September 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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